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Egg Freezing Conference: Educating & Informing Women

malik3-smaller“The purpose of this event was for women to have the knowledge to ultimately decide if egg freezing was the right choice for them. By educating and informing women, we are providing them with the opportunity to make a decision that they may not have known was possible before.” – Shruti Malik, M.D.

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, Shady Grove Fertility’s Dr. Malik was joined by four other presenters: Sarah Richards, New York Times contributor and author of Motherhood, Rescheduled; Eric Widra, M.D., SGF medical director and physician; Joseph Doyle, M.D.; and Candice Brown, egg freezing patient liaison; to discuss all aspects of egg freezing. The goal of the Egg Freezing Conference hosted by Shady Grove Fertility was to address the growing need in the Washington, D.C. area for an educational symposium on this revolutionary option for women. To achieve this goal, we covered all aspects of egg freezing in an open setting that let women know that they are not alone. One attendee noted:

It was refreshing to see other women who are in the situation and are young and attractive – it helps to know that I am not the only 32-year-old who is concerned about fertility.

At the very modern, yet comfortable and intimate, District Architecture Center in Washington D.C., we were very pleased with the high turn-out of the 50+ women and men who attended to learn about egg freezing. Sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Freedom Fertility Pharmacy, and ReproSource, conference guests had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Sarah Richards, who provided a first-hand perspective of egg freezing and described how this growing movement has been shaped from a cultural and societal standpoint. Following Richards, Dr. Widra explained female reproductive physiology and how egg freezing can help to preserve a woman’s fertility.

“Ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed that I would be presenting to the community about egg freezing, but the technology has advanced in such a significant way that we can now provide verifiable cycle data and success rates,” said Dr. Widra.

Joseph Doyle, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Rockville, MD office, expanded further on Dr. Widra’s presentation, describing the science of vitrification technology and detailing how and why the program has seen such growth in the past few years, and how this technology has led to remarkable success rates, with over 200 babies being born from frozen eggs at the practice. Shruti Malik, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Fair Oaks, VA office, then went on to provide attendees with a comprehensive look at the clinical process that the patient would undergo in the Egg Freezing Program, covering the medications they would have to take and how the egg retrieval and egg transfer procedures would be performed.

The conference program closed out with an explanation of financial options available to egg freezing patients and an in-depth question and answer panel. Attendees were gratified to discover that there were options available to them and that they had the opportunity to meet with other women who were considering egg freezing.

The view the presentation covered at the 2014 Egg Freezing Conference hosted by Shady Grove Fertility, please visit: 2014 Egg Freezing Conference Slide Presentation

If you would like more information about egg freezing or would like to schedule an appointment, please fill out this brief form or call 1-877-411-9292 to talk with egg freezing patient liaison Candice Brown.

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